Friday, February 3, 2017

An Intro To 2017

8:30 PM

Welcome to 2017, everyone!

 I know I'm a bit late to the whole New Years resolution thing, but I have decided that 2017 is going to be the year that I get all my ducks in a row, or at least as much as a 22 year old can. I've never been very good at keeping things organized, or keeping track of finances as closely as I maybe should. I've tried using all kinds of different apps, and planners, and nothing really ever suited what I was looking for. Not to mention how unpleasing most planners were to look at. 

Enter the Bullet Journal.

 I was scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest one day, and I kept seeing these things called a Bullet Journal. Essentially, you are creating your own life planner. If you've never seen some of the amazing journals on Instagram, you need to go check them out. They're pretty addicting to look at, and really make you want to get your sh*! together, which is exactly what I plan on doing.

The above photo is my first page. I love that I can just doodle all over this thing and no one can say i am doing it wrong! I spent a few weeks going over different ideas on how I wanted to set my journal up, and figuring out what kind of journal I wanted to use. From what I have seen, a lot of people use moleskin, dotted grid notebooks. Let me tell you, unless you are willing to wait to have one shipped, they are not easy to track down. I gave up after two days of looking for one, and decided to just get a lined notebook that I ended up finding at Meijer.

I also picked up some Paper Mate Flair felt tip markers in the Tropical Vacation colors, and some fine tip black marker pens to use in my journal. I do have to say, the one thing I regret not taking into consideration when picking this up is that the paper is really thin. While none of my pens bleed through too badly, the paper is quite see through. You live and you learn, right?

The Setup

As I said above, I took a lot of time trying to figure out how I wanted to set up my journal. There are so many cool ideas on what kinds of pages to include, and a million ways to design each page. As inspiring as it was, I was honestly very overwhelmed. I started here.

A Year At A Glance

I feel like this page is pretty self explanatory, so I won't go into much detail. The only variant I saw for the most part was the design. I kept mine simple.

Savings Goal

I decided this year would be the year I seriously crack down on cutting down my spending, and upping my savings game. I liked the idea of visually seeing how much money I am saving in something other than a dollar amount. At the bottom of this page I wrote what my goal is for each month, and then I can color in each month accordingly. Now, because I know some months I won't hit that goal, and I decided I will just fill any "empty areas" in grey, and when I do sit money aside I'll alternate colors each month. What a fun way to keep track of your savings goal!

Year In Pixels

I really enjoyed seeing peoples completed 2016 Year In Pixels, and decided to do one of my own. It will allow me to reflect each month, and at the end of the year on how I was feeling. I feel like this will make it easier to see what kind of changes I need to make. Was I overly sad? Angry? Stressed? All I have to do is go back to this page.

Welcome To February

I decided that instead of starting in the middle of January, I would start in the new month. I'm not 100% happy with how this spread turned out, but for my first month it will due. I like to add important dates to this page so I can see everything that is going on this month. I also like having a few goals set here, so that I can constantly be reminded. The thing I'm not sold on is my tracker. I think next month it will get its own page instead. 

Week One

I decided to include my first weekly spread in this post, because I am pretty darn happy with it. I like being able to keep track of what is going on in so many ways. The meal planner actually helped significantly this month, as far as the whole saving money thing goes. 

From now on I plan on just posting my weekly spread on Instagram, so go follow if you'd like to keep up with that! If you guys are interested in picking this way of organizing up, definitely check out #bulletjournals on Instagram, and if you already journal, I'd love to hear any tips you have for beginners! xoxo

Friday, August 7, 2015

Golden Freckles

3:58 PM

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I recently had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with my best friend, Victoria. It was nice to be able to sit down, do her makeup and chat, since it has been a little over a year since we last did a photo shoot together. I was very inspired by the way the sunlight reflects off of golden hues, and the freckles that currently scatter my little sisters face. In the end, we decided on a very soft, natural bronze eye, almost bare lips, and of course, the golden freckles across her cheeks.

While this look took us some time, it can be done super quickly when you aren't chatting away. It would be a beautiful everyday look if you used natural browns instead of the gold. Below are all of the products, brushes, and techniques used to achieve this look.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Foundation Heaven: Rimmel Radiance BB Cream Review

10:35 AM

As we get into the warmer months, I have started to notice my skin getting a bit more temperamental with me. My winter foundation (Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous) all of a sudden hasn't been sitting right on my skin, lasting nearly as long as it normally would, and I have started to get tiny little breakouts around my mouth and forehead. For me, this is not a normal occurrence. My breakouts are almost always only on my cheeks and jawline. So, with the impression that my foundation just hasn't been working anymore, I set out to find a new, lighter spring and summer solution. Let me tell you, the Rimmel Radiance BB Cream has quickly become a new favorite.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Current Skincare Favorites

10:41 AM

Surprise! Yes, you are getting another post from me, and hopefully will get one every day this week. After yesterdays post, and getting some things organized and clean, I am feeling really inspired. I want to keep up with my "This is the Year" series, because not only do people seem to enjoy it, but it is definitely keeping me motivated. So, today I am going to share some of my favorite skincare products that I just can't get enough of!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Angel Contacts

12:08 AM
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Angel Green Lenses

After purchasing contacts from Angel Contacts so many times, I decided that I might as well share my opinion with you all about this brand. To start off, Angel Contacts is a circle lens retailer that is based in Canada, and ships to both Canada and the U.S.  I stumbled upon their website looking for some circle lenses that I could also get my prescription in (because of course I have horrible vision), and have fallen in love ever since.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rose Glow~ A Spring Tutorial

10:44 PM
Today was my last straw with winter. It has been super gloomy and snowing nonstop lately, so when the sun came out I was hoping for some warmth. Since the temperatures just don't seem to want to provide that warmth, I decided to bring it into my makeup. This spring look is super glowey (more than what the pictures are showing), and very simple to do. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Liebster Award!

2:37 AM

I am very excited to tell you all that I was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Johanna from Jo-Li Allure! Her blog is growing, just like mine, and I have really enjoyed going through and reading what she has to share. 

What are the rules you ask? 
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
3. You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
4. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

 So, without further adieu, let's answer Johanna's questions!

Question #1: How did you choose your blog name?

I actual got the name oceanexpressway from a poem that my best friend had written a couple of years ago, and I decided to start using it for a username. After my first blog name, which was daisyco27, didn't stick or catch too much attention, I decided that oceanexpressway sounded better, and it just seemed to fit.

Question #2: What is your favorite beauty item?

Johanna, how can you possibly make me choose just one?!? It definitely has taken some thought, but my all time favorite beauty item would probably have to be Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment. I have been using it for three years now, and have definitely had moments where it has saved me from a massive breakout.

Question #3: What is your dream job?

This is an easy one for me. I have loved makeup since I was 12 years old, and once I turned 16 I knew I wanted to be a makeup artist. I still want to make a career out of makeup, and want to be a makeup artist. The only difference now is that I would love to expand that to beauty blogging and Youtube as well.

Question #4: What is something you cannot live without?

I would like to be generic and say my computer, or my cell phone, but the truth is that I could live without all of that. I know for a fact I couldn't live without my family, but my little sister specifically. I am 19, and she is 6, so the age gap is 13 years. Even though she can be a pest, and a pain at times, I love her to death and can't imagine life without her.

Question #5: What motivates you?

My passion motivates me. I have had people tell me I can't do what I want with my life, and that I should just go to a regular university and study something "normal". What those people don't realize, is that by telling me that it makes me want to prove to myself that I am good at what I do, and I enjoy it more than anything. It fuels my passion more and makes me work that much harder towards my goals.

Question #6: What is your skincare routine?

I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty details too much, because I do want to do a post on this sometime in the next week. Basically, though, I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Exfoliating Discs to cleanse in the morning, and Cetephil at night. The moisturizer I use is St. Ives Timeless Skin Anti-Aging Moisturizer. I'll do a blog post soon to list everything else I use later, but this is what never changes.

Question #7: What do you prefer: heels or flats?

My answer is both. Heels make me feel so elegant and girls, but flats are essential for comfort.

Question #8: What is the best place you have ever been to?

Indian River, Michigan. This place wins, hands down. It isn't anything special to most people, but it is where I spent a lot of time when I was 3-5. Hiking in the woods with my grandparents, and planting tulips in my grandma's garden was one of my favorite things to do up there.

Question #9: Do you wear makeup everyday?

Unless it is a no-makeup day (Sunday), or I am sick, I will where almost a full face of makeup. I love doing it, and seeing what I can do that is new compared to the day before. Plus, I want to be a makeup artist, so what better way to practice than on my own face?

Question #10: Do you have a New Years resolution? If so, what is it?

Originally, it was going to be to get healthy and lose weight. A couple weeks into January, though, I realized I had something else I wanted to work on, and that was being happier. You're only as happy as you let yourself be, and I realized that I wasn't allowing myself to be happy like I wanted. So, I took as much negativity out of my life as I could, and have been working on looking at life in a brighter way.

Question #11: What are your 3 top favorite things to do?

1) Daydream.
2) Reading.
3) Be myself.

My Nominees

2) Vanessa
4) Holly

My Questions for You:

Question #1: What made you decide to start your blog?

Question #2: What do you want to improve on your blog?

Question #3: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

Question #4: What are you loving about your life right now?

Question #5: Who is your favorite Youtuber?

Question #6: Do you prefer handwritten letters, or typed letters?

Question #7: What is your favorite memory?

Question #8: Tell us about your favorite time of the year.

Question #9: Who are you when you look in the mirror?

Question #10: What are your top 3 things to do before you die?

Question #11: What makes you happy?

I know this was a lengthy post, without anything super interesting, but I was super excited to see that I was nominated! I am literally shocked at the amount of people who have viewed my blog in just 4 days. Thank you so much for reading and I will be back very soon with another, more exciting post. xoxo Ashley